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Reproductive justice.

It’s a term you might have heard or used before, but did you know that it was coined by 12 Black women in 1994?

This Black History Month I wanted to take a moment to share some brief background on what reproductive justice means. SisterSong defines reproductive justice as the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities. Reproductive justice is a movement that is centered on uplifting the needs of BIPOC women and trans people, with low incomes, disabilities, and/or identify as LGBTQ+. 

Credit: In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda

Planned Parenthood Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley (PPPSGV) stands with reproductive justice organizations that are focused on leading the movement to make reproductive health care more accessible to all. You can learn more about a few of these groups through the links below:

I encourage you to join me in commemorating Black History Month by continuing on a path of learning. Let’s stand with the Black community to celebrate and honor their heritage, history, and contributions to sexual and reproductive health care and education.

In Solidarity,

Juliana Serrano (she/ella)